According to reports published in Science Magazine in September 2020 (Borrelle et al.) and in National Geographic in October 2020, the amount of plastic waste that flows into the ocean has increased drastically from the 2015 figure of 8.8 million tons to between 19 and 23 million tons in 2016. This threat requires joint action by governments, companies and consumers, and strenuous efforts by NGOs like ours to continue to raise awareness of how our actions and decisions as consumers impact our environment.
Our awareness-raising work through action at FLC is permanent. We disseminate updated information on plastic pollution affecting rivers, lagoons, beaches and oceans and its consequences on biodiversity, and we encourage the public to adopt new habits to contribute to reducing the impact on our ecosystems of plastic and other pollutants.
There is a long way to go, but in our communities there is increasing awareness of the consequences of our actions on the environment. For the past 3 years we have been implementing short, high-impact campaigns on specific issues, concentrating on the summer months when visitors arrive in their thousands to our areas.